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Vodafone trial brings 4G to remote Australia

03 SEP 2018

Vodafone Australia, the third largest mobile operator in the country, ran a rural trial to deliver 4G voice and data services in locations where commercial networks are not traditionally deployed, or where coverage is patchy or unavailable.

The six-week trial used two 4G hub devices, which delivered mobile coverage across more than 8 square kilometres of a potato farm. The operator said the plug-and-play device – the regional coverage hub – also provides IoT connectivity, giving farmers the opportunity to automate their processes.

The hub can be quickly installed on a roof or exterior wall of a property by simply plugging it into a power source and connecting to an existing broadband internet connection, the operator said. It is approximately twice the size of a standard modem.

Vodafone CTO Kevin Millroy said: “Farmers face a particularly big challenge without reliable mobile coverage across their properties. The ability to make a call and access emails while working, let alone the opportunity to adopt new services and applications, just isn’t there without reliable coverage.”

He said a self-install solution removes the dependency that regional communities and farmers have on mobile operators, giving them the power to have mobile coverage quickly and easily, without needing to wait for a mobile tower to be built or existing infrastructure to be made available for co-location near their property.

The hub is expected to be released commercially in the second half of 2019.



Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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